Show or Tell? Languages of Love in Asian American Families

professor stephen chen

Parents around the world express love and care for their children, but they do so in very different ways. Some parents express their affection verbally, while others may express care with actions, non-verbal behaviors, and even with words that seem more critical than affectionate.

In this talk, Professor Stephen Chen will present findings from his research on patterns of love and affection among Asian American immigrant parents. He’ll examine how these parents navigate Asian and American norms of affection, how acculturation shapes their emotional processes, and ultimately, how they “translate” their language of affection for their children.

Registration for the March 31 program is required. To register, please click here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the program.

Can’t make it to the live event? Sign up here for a one-time screening of the recorded talk on Thursday, April 7 at 7 PM.

Stephen Chen is an Associate Professor of Psychology and director of the Culture, Family, and Development Lab at Wellesley College. His research examines how cultural and family processes influence mental health and development across the lifespan, primarily in under-represented, underserved, and at-risk populations. At Wellesley, his courses include Asian American Psychology, Cultural Psychology, and a seminar on Culture and Emotion. Chen’s research and teaching are both shaped by his experience as a K-12 school counselor and administrator in Shanghai, China. He is a member of the Association for Psychological Science, the Asian American Psychological Association, and the Society for Research in Child Development, where he is involved in the Asian Caucus and the Teaching Committee.

This event is generously sponsored by the Library Trustees.

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Thursday, March 31, 2022

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm


Virtual - Zoom
361 Washington Street, Brookline, MA 02445, United States


Live closed captioning available on request.

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